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By Annabelle Haywood
THE second anniversary of the New
Generation Navy (NGN) program pro-
vides an opportunity to examine our
Fleet during the past 12 months.
Commander Australian Fleet
RADM Steve Gilmore said as he moved
around ships, establishments, naval air
squadrons and clearance diving teams,
he had observed noticeable differences.
"Perhaps most observable is the way
in which our people are thinking and
acting," RADM Gilmore said.
"To me, our people are routinely
applying more lateral thought to the
way we go about our everyday business
than ever before."
He said he was pleased so much of
that difference had been underpinned
RADM Gilmore said many
initiatives had been at work within the
Fleet, specifically the success of Sea
Swap and the work conducted by the
Submarine and Training forces.
"The Sea Swap trial was conducted
between HMA Ships Ballarat and
Stuart and was an impressive cost-
conscious activity. The crew swap
between these two platforms enabled
the force assignment of a mission-ready
ship at some $3 million less cost than
transferring equipment between ships,"
RADM Gilmore said.
"Particularly well conducted by the
two ships' companies, this initiative is
an example of what we should be doing
to optimise Fleet outcomes.
"In Western Australia, the
Submarine Force has qualified the
largest number of submariners during
the past year than in any other year of
the history of the submarine arm.
"This has been achieved through
considerable initiatives and innovation
including the significant use of
RADM Gilmore said Navy was
working towards a "zero" duty watch,
particularly during reduced activity
periods over Christmas and New Year,
as a way of allowing Navy members to
take a well-deserved break while still
ensuring Navy's assets were ready.
"Thousands of additional leave days
have been created through reduced
requirements for people in home ports,"
"Pursuit of a duty watch to zero in
certain scenarios remains firmly in our
As Navy enters the third year of the
NGN program, RADM Gilmore said he
was pleased at how Navy's people were
embracing innovation, especially in
A Navy for the future
WE HAVE completed another year of
the New Generation Navy (NGN) pro-
gram, which has leadership at its core.
We should now take the opportunity to
review what we've achieved in Navy since the pro-
gram began in 2009, and what new challenges have
emerged to which we can apply our NGN principles
over the next 12 months.
I think you'll agree that our Navy has evolved from
that which existed two years ago. Leadership training at
all levels has vastly improved, and I see positive signs
that the Signature Behaviours are being embraced
by our people. But, we need these to be ingrained into
our culture, because elements of negative culture continue to plague us in the
national media and within our own ranks. This damages our reputation and we
must work hard to fix it.
No-one is saying our Navy is perfect, or that we still don't have a long way to
go. We are in a time of change with the Strategic Reform Program and prepara-
tions for Force 2030 and these are tough undertakings. We must celebrate what
we have achieved as we come to NGN's second anniversary, particularly those
achievements at a deck-plate level in the Fleet, regions and ashore.
The Navy has a very important job to do and I don't just mean our operational
commitments overseas and in defending our national interests in the maritime
domain. We are often called upon to help our fellow Australians in times of natural
disaster -- a task many of you completed admirably in recent months.
For us to do our job, we need a supportive culture in which we look after and
help each other, and all have the opportunity to learn and progress. We should
be able to balance work and life when we need to, and have our contribution
respected and recognised.
I know that many of you share my commitment to ensuring the NGN program
demonstrates real results. But the results are not just 'NGN'; they are our results,
Navy's achievements. In our third year of NGN, we will work to keep achieving
these results and ensure we are building the kind of Navy we want to belong to.
I continue to be impressed by the commitment of many of our Navy people,
and how they are doing their part to influence Navy's culture for the better. But I
know that some remain unconvinced and perhaps even cynical. A few have even
acted in a way that is in direct contrast to how we, as a Navy, should live and
work together. I say this to you now: if your behaviour is not consistent with the
Signature Behaviours and the Navy Values, and you are not willing to change,
there is no place for you in our Navy.
Now is the time to get on board and stay engaged with NGN, because this is
the crucial point where change can only be influenced by those in the Service. It
is only with your help, and how you manage your subordinates and your part of
ship, that we will set a course for our desired culture.
-- Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
AS WE mark the second anniversary of the
New Generation Navy (NGN) program, we
can see a Navy that is changing -- in fact, we
are moving towards a Navy that most of us
won't recognise from the one we joined.
We will have Navy's new capabilities -- AWDs and
LHDs -- being introduced into service in the next few
years, and this will present a whole new world of possi-
bilities for our people at home and on operations. We will
have new categories in place to support these ships and
we will work a lot more in the joint operations space. It is
an exciting future and we as a Service need to be pre-
pared for the opportunities and the challenges ahead.
To make this Navy of the future work for us all, we need culture change -- and
this has been NGN's intent right from the very beginning.
Warrant officers and seniors sailors are especially important in this process,
as they have many years of professional and life experience that can be chan-
nelled into leading and mentoring their junior sailors, and providing support to
What is particularly important as we come to our second anniversary of NGN
is realising that all the rhetoric is through -- we have the Signature Behaviours
and the Navy Values, but lasting culture change is so much more than that. We
have come too far with this program to stop having the difficult conversation, or
stop showing real results.
I would like to end with a quote from General Colin Powell, the former US
Secretary of State:
"When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opin-
ion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates
me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on,
loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own."
All Navy members need to realise that NGN is a decision that has well and
truly been made. Navy's desired culture has us all working together in a construc-
tive manner, supporting our new capabilities that will soon come into service. This
is an exciting time for Navy, and I encourage you all to take this opportunity to be
the best you can be. This can only lead to positive changes happening in your
own workplace and our Navy as a whole.
-- Warrant Officer of the Navy Mark Tandy
The Fleet of our New Genera
FUTURE LEADERS: The Navy's newest sailors march proudly during their graduation parade at HMAS Cerberus.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
NGN CELEBRATES SE
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